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The RPG SE has a yearly tradition of posting a community check-in in their meta.

As taken from their 2021 post:

We, the elected moderators, wanted to take a minute to check in and see how the community feels things are going on the site.

This community check-in has been done for the last three years (ignoring 2020), and it was very helpful. As such, we'd like to share our thoughts and also get your feedback on what is going well and what we could improve.

Is there interest trying a check-in for GDSE?

From what I understand, the check-in is intended to foster communication from all parts of the community so this question is directed both toward moderators & non-moderators.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like your proposal has gained some interest. What do you think the next step should be? \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Jun 22 at 14:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Vaillancourt The two take-aways I read are: 1) community is interested & 2) doesn't need to be mod driven. With that in mind, my thoughts were to post something similar to the RPG.SE check-in & see where it goes. Alternatively, we could do another meta post about how to shape the check-in, but for a first time I think it's better to put something together & learn as we go. \$\endgroup\$
    – Pikalek
    Jun 22 at 18:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think we could go ahead with the real thing too! I'm looking forward to read your next meta post! \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Jun 22 at 18:38
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This is a personal opinion, and I did not discuss an answer to this question with the other mods.


Yes, I think it would be an interesting exercise.

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I'm posting another answer to not mess up with the votes of the "yes" answer because this one here is more like a comment than anything else. This is a personal opinion, and I did not discuss an answer to this question with the other mods.


A few things to note (emphasis mine):

We, the elected moderators, wanted to take a minute to check in and see how the community feels things are going on the site.

I have a small issue with this statement, as in this case, the proposal has been brought up by an active-non-mod-community member (Pikalek). Thus I don't think the effort needs to be necessarily lead by moderators, although if it is the wish of you or the community, I think we could lead the effort. (In any case, you'll get support from the moderators (I speak for myself, so it's at least one moderator :P).)

I think I tend to "just do what needs to be fixed" when I see it (e.g. I post stuff here on meta when I think something should be improved, batch update tags, etc.). I'm not doing this because I'm a mod, I have done this even before I was elected, I just do it because I'm a user of the site. So I don't think this would benefit me as a mod; I really see it as an opportunity for community members to get a ball rolling, moderator or not.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Speaking as an RPG.SE user: yeah, there's no particular reason this needs to be moderator driven. It just happens to be a tradition that was started and then maintained by moderators. :) \$\endgroup\$ Jun 19 at 15:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ That makes sense! \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Jun 19 at 16:03

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